Defending soccer drills

These defensive soccer drills focus on 1 on 1 defense and team defending. These defensive soccer drills will help your team build a rock solid defense.

These defensive soccer drills focus on 1 on 1 defense and team defending. These defensive soccer drills will help your team build a rock solid defense.



Soccer Defensive Drills

  1. Big Square - Little Square Dribbling Game
    This dribbling soccer drill is a fun dribbling game that focuses on dribbling and defending. Players should be encouraged to dribble with their head up and once they are given the command they should dribble with speed to beat the defenders. The kids love this soccer drill! 
  2. 2v1 to center goal
    This 2v1 soccer drill will focus on working together as a small group in order to beat a defender and go to goal. This game will force accuracy on passing towards the goal due to the restrected space surrounding the goal. 
  3. Passing Vision While Holding Possession
    This passing soccer drill is great for focusing on vision, getting the head up when looking for a pass. 
  4. 2v2 to Small Goals
    2v2's are great for teaching all aspects of small group and individual attacking and defending skills. On the attacking side 2v2 relies a lot on beating your defender and getting free and supporting your teammate for a pass. The defensive side of 2v2 focuses on 1st defender putting pressure on the player with the ball and the 2nd defender supporting the 1st defender. 
  5. 1v1 To Small Goals
    1v1's are great for teaching all aspects of individual attacking and defending skills. On the attacking side if focuses more on dribbling to beat the defender. Where the defensive side focuses on 1st defender and putting pressure on the player with the ball. 

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